Iran wants to expand relations with LatAm, new president says

Tehran, Aug 4 (EFE).- New Iranian President Hassan Rohani met in Tehran Sunday with Cuban Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas and said his country wanted to expand its relations with Latin America, "especially with Cuba," Iran's Isna news agency reported.

Cabrisas traveled to Iran for Rohani's inauguration on Sunday.

Rohani told the Cuban official that he considered the economic ties between Iran and Cuba "important," Isna said.

Rohani, a moderate Shiite cleric, said in his inaugural address that he planned to pursue constructive relations with the international community, improve Iran's economy and resolve the nuclear issue.

"Transparency is the key to open the doors of trust" with other countries, Rohani said after taking the oath of office before Parliament.

"Iran has never sought war with the world and we will focus on stopping those who seek war," the new president said, referring to warnings from the United States and Israel that the use of military force was an option in stopping Tehran's nuclear program.